Bret Butler

Bret Butler
Bret Butler
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation

Athletics and Recreational Sports

Contact Information:
Phone: 814-362-5093
Location: 111 Sport and Fitness Center

Degrees and Credentials

M.A. Physical Education/Sports Administration, Kent State University 1997
B.A. Pre-law, Baldwin-Wallace University

Short Bio

Bret Butler enters his fourth year as Pitt-Bradford's director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports.

Previously he served 18 seasons as Pitt-Bradford's head baseball coach. 

Butler started the NCAA Division III baseball program in the summer of 1998, competing officially in the spring of 1999. During that span, he has compiled a record of 331-267-1, and led the Panthers to three Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament championships, four regular season AMCC championships, two NCAA tournament appearances, and three ECAC tournament appearances, twice as the No. 1 seed.

He was named AMCC Coach of the Year twice, in 2001 and 2006, and has coached 56 all-conference players, including three AMCC Player of the Year recipients, four Newcomers of the Year, and three All Region.  In 2015, butler successfully recruited Pitt-Bradford's first-ever, First Team All American athlete, Austin Parent, who under the coaching and tutelage of present Head Coach Zach Foster, was named 2018 All American First Team Catcher.

Butler has coached three players who have gone on to play professional baseball and is the only coach in the AMCC to have had players drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft.

In the summer of 2011, Butler managed the Athletes in Action Fire franchise, now the Chugiak Chinooks, in the prestigious Alaska Baseball League. From that team, four players were drafted and two more signed as free agents.

Previously, Butler served as an assistant at Baldwin Wallace University for four years, and prior to that, he was an assistant at Hiram College for two seasons.

Butler continues to stay involved with college baseball, as he sits on the NCAA Division III National Baseball Committee as the Mideast Chair.  He also served on the Mid Atlantic Regional Committee from 2002-2005.

In addition to his duties as director of athletics and recreational sports, Butler also serves on the President's Cabinet and is the advisor to the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and the Christian Athletes Fellowship.

He lives in Bradford with his wife, Jackie, and son, Bret.